Tasmanian IT – “Take 5”

Tasmanian IT Blog   •   March 8, 2019

Each week, we post a “Take 5” article to our website with tips, tricks, thoughts and actions we’ve come across during the week that we feel you may benefit from too.

It’s designed to be short and sharp that you can read when you need to “Take 5”.

Grab a drink, give yourself a (productive) break and check out our latest 5 below.

1. Feed the brain – Feel Inspired, Be Empowered and Fulfill your Potential.

As women in technology, often the boundaries these days, seem limitless as to what can be achieved. Right now, there’s a floodlight shining on women in the workplace, with topics ranging from gender dynamics in meetings to balancing professional and personal lives and career advancement.

Everyone is chiming in with their perspectives: lean in, play big, have it all, stay home with your kids, hire a nanny and focus on your career, etc.

That is a lot to take in! But we did find this great blog by Alexandra Nation on Why Now is the Time for Women in Tech.  It’s an easy read and one we here at Tasmanian IT hope you will enjoy and remember “If Not Now When?”

Link: https://blog.marketo.com/2016/05/why-now-is-the-time-for-women-in-tech.html

2. Empower remote teams and clients with online video conferencing – Zoom.us

While we at Tasmanian IT always prefer face to face meetings it’s not always possible to get everyone in a room.

While there are big players that do video conferencing very well (Polycom for example) – navigating the various online video solutions can be tiresome due to cost, licensing, platform compatibility, network restrictions, local PC restrictions etc.

A great online video collaboration tool we’ve found useful is Zoom (link below).  Zoom has all the standard features of the big players with multiple member video conferences, webinars, screen sharing and dial in services – all at a reasonable cost, with a product that plays friendly on multiple devices and platforms.

If you are looking for a great tool to run collaborative meetings online, we recommend you have a look at Zoom.

If you have suggestions of other online collaborative tools we should check out – let us know!

Link: https://www.zoom.us/

3. International Women’s Day: Celebrating 7 Australian Female Tech Founders

The 8th of March is known worldwide as International Women’s Day (IWD) – it’s a time to celebrate the achievements of women, whether social, political, economic or cultural.

IWD is a day to recognise how far we’ve come towards gender equality, and also how far we have left to go. This article shines a light on seven female founders making their mark within the tech industry. Warning: They are feisty, intelligent, successful and ready to take on the world.

Link: https://womenlovetech.com/international-womens-day-celebrating-women-tech-founders/

4. The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters

Have you ever found yourself scared to make decisions in the workplace?  Perhaps because you have been hung out to dry when things went wrong in the past. Maybe you have had the experience of a boss, who liked to delegate down the riskiest decisions. As a result, you may have had more decisions to make than capacity to make them.

In fact sometimes you might have felt that you were not the one who should have been making the decisions at all. How helpful would it be to have some guidance or matrix to evaluate those decisions against.  Well Tasmania IT have found just the thing.

A version of the Eisenhower Matrix but much easier to follow.  Find out more on this blog link below – A four minute read that we found very worthwhile.

Link: https://fs.blog/2018/09/decision-matrix/?platform=hootsuite

5. Quote of the week

“Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you. That’s what it means to be true to yourself.”

— Michelle Obama

Have a great week from the Tasmanian IT Team